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Hunter Netball: Metro girls wrap up 2023 campaign

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The future of Hunter Netball in the Netball NSW Dooleys Metro League looks bright after the local outfit ended its 2023 campaign this week.

While the girls finished outside the play-offs, there was much to gain from the learning experience in the prestigious Sydney-based competition.

Hunter Netball claimed three victories at the expense of Inner West (42-26 and 44-36) and Ku-ring-gai (40-31), as well as a 35-all draw with the latter team.

But, they showed enough talent in several narrow losses to minor premiers Camden & District (38-30), fifth-placed Liverpool City (48-42), St George District (40-37 and 35-29) and Blacktown City (41-35 and 35-31) to be considered a threat moving forward.

Photo: Steve Fidock

In its final hit-out, Hunter Netball suffered a 55-37 defeat at the hands of Randwick, who snared second spot on the ladder.

The hosts led 15-8 after the opening quarter, however the sides went goal-for-goal in the second period to be 28-22 at the break.

Randwick then extended that margin by eight, before eventually running out 18-point victors.

Coach Lexie Unicomb admitted she was delighted with the players’ progression throughout 2023.

“Over the game and the entire season, we improved immensely,” she said.

“We demonstrated a massive step up, since previously playing this team… and we had them rattled until the end.

“The final scoreline does not reflect the effort, skill and determination that was left out on court by all players.

“I’d personally like to thank all the girls, as well as our training partners, manager Sally, parents and supporters who consistently made the drive down to Sydney to cheer us on, and Steve and Michelle Fidock.

“In some games, it really meant all the difference and we appreciate that support.

“We know that it’s a huge commitment and takes up a lot of time.”

Photo: Steve Fidock

And, her final message to the squad.

“Be proud of not only the players but the people you are and have become,” Unicomb said.

“This team shows so much promise. Remember it all started with you.”

Netball NSW Dooleys Metro League

Round 18 results:

  • Liverpool City drew with Blacktown City 43-all
  • Manly Warringah d Ku-ring-gai 56-34
  • Northern Suburbs d Inner West 58-31
  • Randwick d Hunter Netball 55-37
  • Camden & District d St George District 57-41

Finals round 1

(Monday 28 August)

Qualifying final

  • 6.45pm: show court, Camden & District v Randwick

Elimination final

  • 6.45pm: court 1, Manly Warringah v Northern Suburbs
  • Final ladder: 1 Camden & District 29 points (124.29%), 2 Randwick 27 (131.27%), 3 Manly Warringah 27 (125.70%), 4 Northern Suburbs 26 (117.34%), 5 Liverpool City 21 (109.89%), 6 St George District 16 (93.69%), 7 Blacktown City 12 (90.89%), 8 Ku-ring-gai 11 (89.82%), 9 Hunter Netball 7 (79.29%), 10 Inner West 4 (57.65%)

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